Anna Palmer

It's been a decade since a 10-year-old girl was found slain on the porch of her own house in Salt Lake City.

On Sept. 10, 1998, the body of Anna Palmer was found at her home, 1633 S. 300 East, stabbed viciously multiple times in her neck. Police have had persons of interest in the case over the years, but never enough evidence to make an arrest.

It has been a frustrating case for investigators. Palmer was walking home that day from a friend's house, just a block away. At that time, between 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., 300 East was full of cars. Across the street from Palmer's house is Whittier Elementary School, where parents were attending a kindergarten event that night.

Despite what would seem to be an area that had lots of people that night, there were no witnesses to the crime. Detectives received hundreds if not thousands of tips in the days immediately following the killing, but none of them panned out. A computer-generated sketch of a man seen struggling the day before with Palmer was released a month afterward with no results. Now, years later, the case has gone cold.

Salt Lake police, however, say the case is far from forgotten.

"Somebody out there knows something," said police spokeswoman Lara Jones. "We hope we can jog someone's memory and have them come forward."

Palmer's parents no longer live in the house. They have remained very quiet about her death, rarely, if ever, granting an interview to the media.

"This is a case that continues to haunt our are detectives," Jones said. "Today, Anna would have been 20, in college and possibly married. Bringing her killer to justice is a top priority."

A $6,000 reward is still being offered for information leading to the arrest and identification of a suspect. Police are taking tips at 799-INFO. Callers can remain anonymous.


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